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The opponents run of Putin: Paris Hilton, a sexist clown and a aardbeiboer

It gradually becomes clear which candidates have enough signatures to Vladimir Putin from the days when the Russian presidential elections in march. Nine candidates from the ranks – but may not stand a chance – in-a-row.

1. Ksenia Sobtsjak: the Russian Paris Hilton

With its 36 springs is the extravagant tv anchor and journalist Ksenia Sobtsjak the youngest candidate since 2004. This Russian clone of Paris …

1. Ksenia Sobtsjak: the Russian Paris Hilton

With its 36 springs is the extravagant tv anchor and journalist Ksenia Sobtsjak the youngest candidate since 2004. This Russian clone of Paris Hilton who is now her stoeipoesimago want to know as the daughter of Anatoly Sobtsjak, putin’s former mentor, excellent how they the well-to-do circles and the media must play. Enough collect signatures to officially compete for the gold-coated throne in the Kremlin was a piece of cake.

That Putin, who at the death of Anatoly Sobtsjak solemnly promised that his family will never lack, may Sobtsjaks godfather, raises questions. She Is the ideal strovrouw of the Kremlin to a schijndebat to provoke?

The political program of Sobtsjak is particularly thinly and starts from the premise that its policy ” against everyone and everything’. Out of the many zenduren that Sobtsjak on television got, it turns out that they are mainly against the ideas of the opposition. At the end of december said zedat, ” it is not healthy to be 18 years in power, not even for Putin, but that they Putin never will personally attack you because there is a distinction to be made between the politician and the man who was her father’s life has been saved’.

Although Sobtsjak enough signatures are collected and the annexation of the Crimea in the debate dared to put on state television, is the chance that the tamed fact that president is rather small. If only because they, out of nowhere a spearhead wanted to make the legalisation of cannabis and to establish links of the wodkaconsumptie. “Drugs are our problem, alcohol is that is well,” she said. ‘A little less vodka drinking yet can not so difficult?”

2. Pavel Grudinin: the not so simple aardbeiboer

Grudinin is the white rabbit of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. The 53-year-old businessman is proud of his communist roots and if the state already spend hours telling you about how he as a young boy, together with his family in a large sovjetboerderij full of vegetables and fruit worked. That he after the fall of the Soviet Union that the company bought, even extremely rich, and now with its products just about every major market in the country dominates, he will find to say less important.

Preferably is Grudinin seen as simple aardbeienplukker of yesteryear the talent to the old communist system in a new guise to stop with just the desires. Thanks to his affluent status knew Grudinin the (financial) support of oligarchs. That are after all ‘the replacement of the state’ in the vision of Grudinin, that the Russian families, once again, from their birth to death wants to bind to a single employer.

What this fruitplukker like to conceal, is his political past. In 2000, he played another straw man for Putin during the presidential elections, to seven years later to join United Russia, putin’s party. Although Grudinin testified that he is the party in 2010 left due to ideological differences, his sincerity has been strongly criticised. However, it is not so simple aardbeiboer, which, again, job security and continuity promises in the life of the Russians, tipped as number two in the elections.

3. Vladimir Zjirinovsky: the sexist clown

As 71-year-old is Vladimir Zjirinovsky by far the oldest participant. All that does not mean that debates with the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, a boring lot. On the contrary: the nestor of Russian politics is kicking against the shins of people who deserve it’, being just about everybody, except men who ultranationalistisch and the extreme right. The name of the party is somewhat misleading, since Zjirinovsky no liberal and democratic course, but rather a radical nationalist course with a hefty dash of sexism.

One of the most famous incidents which Zjirinovsky often described as an incompetent clown, is the sexist allusion he made at a press conference in 2014. He suggested there that ” all Ukrainian women are nymphomaniac,’ and asked two of his bodyguards in front of a full room of journalists to ‘who is a journalist there Rossija Sevodnja brutal rape to prove it’. The pregnant journalist was in shock and had to go to the hospital. Moreover, the party leader, regularly under fire for his anti-semitic statements (while he himself has a jewish father). The chance that Zjirinovsky the presidential election wins, is extremely small.

4. Elvira Agurbasj: the ecological worstenfabrikant

The Green Alliance Party in Russia is still in its infancy, but hopes that the 42-year-old Elvira Agurbasj a role to play in national politics. Agurbash as co-director of a large worstenfabriek in Moscow the blows of the whip and has a large program, that the concerns of the society pushes. Pretending there is no real problems are in Russia, does this woman (one of the few). In the short term, recommends the reduction of the unemployment, a reform of the health sector and the abolition of the national state exam. The climate change fight may be the highlight of her party, for the moment silent Agurbasj in all languages, on measures to address the emissions from the highly polluting industry in the country to curtail.

Despite a difficult start with the registration as a presidential candidate, got Agurbasj on January 2, yet the green light to gather signatures. Or they have enough signatures to collect to really be on the ballot in march, is not sure yet.

5. Sergei Baboerin: the generous giver

This ancient rot of the Russian popular union) is running in the state duma since Vladimir Putin first became president. On his conservative nationalist program is a lot of dust, but the old ‘protect your home country and throughout the sovjetwonden’formula remains mainly at pensioners trek. So he is still sure of a few seats in the duma, without ever a real threat to putin’s party, United Russia.

Baboerin know how he at the right moment in the Russian media may appear. In 2007, he called all of a sudden that every Russian citizen 4 million ruble compensation should get from the government for the mistakes that have been made during the privatization after the fall of the Soviet Union’. And when had his opponents, but explained to the Russian voters why they – despite their similar partijgedachtengoed – not such a good idea.

6. Yekaterina Gordon: the single mother

Just after celebrity Ksenia Sobtsjak her candidacy is announced, also announced the 37-year-old Yekaterina Gordon announced that they would participate in the presidential elections. Gordon is a singer-songwriter, journalist, television host and posed in the past for the lens of mannenbladen. All this did and does them not for fun, but as a single mother, her two children be able to maintain. If they are president is, they will mainly focus on the support of single mothers and the performance of good deeds and the spread of positivism in the country.

Before you think that there is a Miss Belgium-speech in Russia is blown: Gordons speeches are not the only roses. When asked why the Russian voters for her would have to choose and not for its much more famous counterpart, Ksenia Sobtsjak, was her answer: “I am not a representative of glitz and glamour, and I am not born with a silver spoon in my mouth.”

7. Maxim Suraikin: the pure Stalinist

For whom the traditional Communist Party of the Russian Federation is not ‘pure’ enough, ‘Communists of Russia’ an alternative. That party, that is a purely marxist-leninist line, is especially known for its call for the death penalty again.

The neo-Stalinist front man Maxim Suraikin takes his presidential mission seriously, but remains pragmatic. “I will definitely second,” he said in december 2017. ‘On the first place, we talk now, not yet.’ With the tienpuntenprogramma ” Ten Stalinist attacks on capitalism and American imperialism,’ hopes Suraikin the voter to seduce.

8. Boris Titov: the liberal reluctantly

It was a ‘shoulds’ in the Party of the Growth in Russia: businessman Boris Titov initially wanted to not participate in the elections, but could not because his party the lack of support for other potential candidates.

With some reluctance, and speeches that are full of euhs and clichés, Titov, the Russians are trying to convince people of the benefits of the free market economy, democracy and the rights of the middle class. The chances of the party in the new electoral threshold of 5 percent for a seat in the state duma, is not too big.

9. Grigory Javlinsky, the academic go-getter

As the presidential intentions arrive, know Grigory Javlinsky, the party Jabloko (‘apple’ in Russian) exactly how the fork in the stalk. After Boris Yeltsin was challenged in 1996, Putin in 2000 and in 2012 it was not allowed to participate in the presidential elections despite the fact that he has a whopping 2 million signatures had been collected (100,000 is the lower limit to participate), try this economist, academic, author and politician it again this year. At the end of 2017, he visited several major cities to the Russian voter, personally, to convince.

Javlinsky does not quickly catch on one-liners if he don’t bars with a mountain of scientific evidence. That line takes the voter back to the party, which is cautiously critical exhaust on the authoritarian policies of Putin, but chooses to mostly focus on areas for improvement. The highlight of the party: explained to the Russian people that the political and economic reforms in the nineties were made, not of the devil, were to the oligarchs of the system in a perverse way ” started out to milk. If this 65-year-old president, his doctoral work, ‘The socio-economic system of Russia and the problems of modernisation’, already come in handy.

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